Senior Controls Engineer

San Dimas, CA, USA


$115K-$140K DOE

Job Number: 6212

This engineering firm has been in business for over 40 years! The key to their longevity and success is due to the depth of their experienced, talented engineers. They have been recognized by Control Engineering as one of the Top Ten System Integrator Giants. Working in one of their 30+ USA facilities you will be part of a highly skilled and talented team of engineers.

Reasons to work for this company:

  • Opportunity to get involved with challenging projects across many different industries
  • Comprehensive medical/dental insurance
  • 401K match and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Employee owned)
  • They have a great reputation in the industry and with their customers
  • No overnight travel

In this role you are required to demonstrate technical proficiency in implementing automation solutions with PLC, HMI, SCADA, and DCS platforms. You will interact directly with the customer and lead a team of engineers in identifying requirements, developing specifications, and implementing, testing, commissioning, and qualifying automation solutions.

This position is a leadership role within the business unit and requires strong problem-solving ability, well-balanced people skills, an aptitude for business efficiency, and an interest in creating partnerships. The Mid- or Senior Controls Engineer demonstrates success by securing repeat work with both new and existing customers.

Major Responsibilities

  • You will deliver innovative automation solutions and design standards either self-directed or as a leader of a team. You will conceptualize, detail, and implement control systems for industrial processes and machinery that meet our customer’s requirements.
  • You will develop control system architecture, select the components to be used, detail schematic diagrams and system documentation, program controllers (PLC, DCS/Delta V), program the process visualization (HMI/SCADA), develop databases for archiving/displaying historical system data and implement/commission the control system at the client’s facility.
  • Knowledge of controller programming languages such as Ladder, Sequential Function Chart, Structured Text, and others to achieve the desired results is required. Also having knowledge of standard programming languages such as VBA, .NET, and SQL and Python for the development of HMI/SCADA systems is preferred.
  • For larger systems, experience with industrial networking used to connect control system components and instrumentation is preferred. The Controls Engineer would design, detail, and implement a variety of fiber, wired and wireless systems using industrial protocols (Ethernet/IP, Profinet, Modbus, etc.).
  • At times you will take on project management responsibilities: developing project execution plans, work breakdown structures and associated budgets, task prioritization and scheduling, task ordering, time tracking and reporting, financial tracking and reporting, early problem identification, conflict management/resolution, leading and supporting a team, and attending project status meetings. Also includes overseeing daily operations and activities of a project(s) up to $1M. This position is often responsible for ensuring the overall profitability of the project.
  • Ideally you will possess a diverse engineering skillset with the ability to work independently. Will act as technical lead on projects and guide lower-level engineers and technicians. Could also act as Project Manager on smaller projects

Minimum Requirements


Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Computer Science or equal experience.


Greater than 5 years with capabilities in below areas is preferred:

  • Experience with Rockwell/Allen Bradley PLCs
  • In-depth understanding of PLC hardware/software platforms such as Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Modicon.
  • In-depth understanding of HMI/SCADA hardware/software platforms such as Servers, VM’s, Networks, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk and Plant Pax, Aveva System Platform and Edge, Inductive Automation Ignition, GE iFIX, Siemens Winn CC and TI Portal.
  • Understanding of Batch/Recipes, OEE, MES, and ERP systems.
  • Experience in the life sciences industries 
  • Experience in the design of electrical schematics, and control panels including power distribution under 480VAC, and associated NEC references desired.
  • Experience with AutoCAD is also desired
  • Experience leading a team of engineers/technicians to provide control system solutions
  • Experience mentoring less experienced engineers
  • Professional references, preferably one from each of the following: a subordinate, a peer, and a manager.
  • This is an onsite role in a manufacturing facility

To comply with some state laws, the annual base salary range for this position has been provided. The range given is broad and should be considered as a guideline only. Our client will consider a candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, the salaries of current employees in similar roles, and other factors when extending an offer.

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